“A textural, psychedelic, electronic take on folky pop” - Dummy
“‘Crescent Moon’ was a melancholic electro-pop moment” - Notion
“There's something uncanny, something otherworldly about the music Labyrinth Ear create.” – Clash
"Makers of melancholic electro-pop from opposite ends of the musical spectrum, brought together by mutual tastes" - i-D “The duo [is] darkening their mystical, undulate patterns' tones and taking a further step towards Purity Ring’s haunting magic.” - The 405
London electronic duo Labyrinth Ear have recently announced that their debut album 'The Orchid Room' will be released on 22nd September. They will also release a deluxe edition of the album in the UK on the same day with exclusive new tracks, including LA producer Kauf's euphoric remix of lead single 'Lorna'.
They have just revealed the new video for album highlight 'Marble Eyes', which teams mysteriously eerie, fairy-tale imagery with the band's hazy blend of electronic pop.
Check it out here
Pre-order it here.
Belgian singer and model Jamie-Lee Smit; best known for being the vocalist of Gothic Metal band Azylya, is preparing to unveil her debut solo album. Her album "Mon Amour Monique", which was written, composed and produced by Riccardo Daga, will be released via Wormholedeath / Titans Lab
The record will be released worldwide in cooperation with a very strong label that will be announced soon.
The track-list is as follow:
Bye Bye You
L'amour De Freddy
Comme Un Soldat
Sur La Piste Des Elephants
Histoire De Serpent
Waiting For My Ghost
"Mon Amour Monique" is developed through an emotional mix of Indie Rock and New Wave deeply rooted in dreamy landscapes and narrating an heartfelt concept massively enhanced by dramatic French lyrics.
Azylya have released a critically acclaimed album and performed at big festivals like Metal Female Voices Festival, PPM Festival, Damen Of Darkness Festival and many more.
Rational Youth (most famous for their best-selling 1982 album "Cold War Night Life") and Psyche ( fronted by Canadian Darrin Huss and now based in Germany have been releasing classic synthpop records for 30 years), have both teamed up to cover AC/DC's 'Thunderstruck' and release it on limited 7" vinyl through Artoffact Records.
Rational Youth recently reunited for shows in Canada, Sweden, and Norway, as well as an upcoming tour in Germany and Poland.
Psyche has released 11 studio albums and many other live, remix, and rarities collections on labels such as Artoffact, SPV, Metropolis, and New Rose.
The two artists have collaborated in the past, most recently touring together in Sweden, where they played "Thunderstruck" as part of their encore. The artists decided to record the cover, and it will be released on November 25th on three different 7" vinyl colors. The vinyl colors are even named to reflect the lyrics of the AC/DC hit: Shot-glass clear, Can I come again please? white, and Texas cheeseburger cheese orange.
The record comes in a 3mm spined-sleeve and is a design replica of the original 1990 Australian-issue sleeve for AC/DC's own Thunderstruck 7" (released on Albert Productions). More release details can be found here.
BAND INFO (Rational Youth)
HOME BASE: Canada
MEMBERS: Tracy Howe, Kevin Komoda, Gaenor Howe
GENRE: Synthpop, Electronic
BAND INFO (Psyche)
HOME BASE: Germany
MEMBERS: Darrin Huss, Stefan Rabura
GENRE: Synthpop, Electronic
Brit rocker Hannah Lou Clark has released her debut single via Gravy Records / Quatre Femmes Records and can be heard here.
Stereogum call it: "A study in nervous energy and restraint"
‘Silent Type’ is the title track from Hannah’s debut EP, which will be released 24/11/14. The EP has been written and recorded whilst living above a Quaker meeting house, taking inspiration from the bizarre intensity of the silent worship happening below. Fond of writers like Charles Bukowski and Billy Childish, Hannah’s lyrics - much like their soundtrack - can be confrontational, and raw, with occasional intent to cause discomfort.
“They’re twisted...” she confesses, pausing until the silence becomes awkward, “...pop songs.”
"The Tallest Peak" is an experiment in poly-rhythms, with two loops phasing in 5/8 against 3/4 over a steady pulse, the whole song is essentially phased variations of the same key idea, it develops steadily towards the end for one final refrain.
Having been completed in the shortest timescale to-date (around 4 days in total), and only 3 days before release; "The Tallest Peak" is a re-visit to some more melancholy themes presented in May's "Porcelain".
Lyrically it spans vocalist, Jon Sinfield's continued grieving process, coupled with the effects of holding down shift work while pushing towards an application to become a teacher this coming year.
Stream & Purchase the new single, The Tallest Peak here:
Or listen to it below!
Guitarist, Tom Ridley says:
“Since the album format was conceived, the way in which music is made, sold and consumed has completely changed. Businesses battle to stay in the public eye, but bands are committed to the peaks and troughs of awareness that come with the album cycle. The other problem with that system, is by the time the music is heard, it’s already out of date. By releasing music every month, we’re as relevant as we possibly can be – our audience is listening to what inspired us just a couple of weeks ago. That’s a really cool position to be in.”
With the release of their long-time-coming second LP, "Wild", out now via Solar Flare Records, and as their European tour in support of the album underway, French noise rock detachment Pord now let loose the entire album with an exclusive featured stream at US music webzine, Scene Point Blank. From the sprawling backwoods and farmlands of rural Lozère, Pord displays a caustic but cohesive style of noise rock output on "Wild", the album showing a renewed musical evolution since earlier recordings, and the band's raging delivery here hinting at straight rock and roll on a number of songs. With a faster pace and precise execution, their taut and aggressive delivery remains intact throughout the nearly forty-minute venture, which was recorded at Rec Studio in Geneva with Serge Morattel (Knut, Tantrum, Ventura).
American Doom / Rock outlet The Obelisk praised "Wild", issuing, "Not short on atmosphere but sacrificing nothing in terms of efficiency in their pummel, Pord unveil a vicious strain of noise that's anchored by deep low end and positioned sonically for righteous defiance."
American Aftermath hooked the album up as, "40 minutes of intense, noise laden rock and roll that would make Amphetamine Reptile blush... dirty, rumbling bass lines and sparse, dissonant guitars that eventually lead into a hard rock stampede hellbent on causing blunt-force trauma."
Last Rites webzine comes in heavy: "This French trio has been making blistering, grinding noise rock for a dozen years... Their longevity leads to a tightness only achievable through hundreds and hundreds of hours of playing; the jumps are sharp as knives, cutting time signatures and musical motifs like the deftest of surgeons... Wild is a dirty album in all the ways that make noise rock such a visceral and inviting listen."
For all of September, Scene Point Blank is featuring an exclusive stream of "Wild" on their front page HERE and RIGHT HERE.
With the first gig having taken place at Freakshow Festival this weekend past, the bulk of Pord's Wild European Tour kicks off late next week, running from September 12th straight through October 11th, with two final shows confirmed at the end of October / beginning of November.
Wild is available on CD HERE and on black or swamp green/bone splatter vinyl HERE.
PORD Wild European Tour:
9/12/2014 Black Sheep - Montpellier, FR
9/13/2014 Le Studio - Onet Le Chateau, FR
9/14/2014 La Machine à Coudre - Marseille, FR
9/20/2014 Freakout - Bologna, IT
9/21/2014 Parco Belgiardino - Lodi, IT
9/23/2014 Deep Inside - Dijon, FR
9/24/2014 CCL - Lille, FR
9/25/2014 London Calling - Bruxelles, BE
9/26/2014 La Case A Choc - Neuchatel, CH
9/27/2014 La Caffette - Bern, CH
9/28/2014 Le Cafe Francais - Vesoul, FR
9/29/2014 Point FMR - Paris, FR w/ Hammerhead
9/30/2014 Mac Daid's - Le Havre, FR w/ Hammerhead
10/01/2014 Socquette - Nevers, FR
10/02/2014 Pinky Bar - Nommay, FR
10/03/2014 MDQ Turenne - Reims, FR
10/04/2014 Le Jardin Moderne - Rennes, FR
10/06/2014 Le 108 - Orleans, FR
10/07/2014 Le Zinc - Poitiers, FR
10/08/2014 Pavillons Sauvage - Toulouse, FR
10/09/2014 Akoustic Café - Nimes, FR
10/11/2014 Les Capucins - Lyon, FR
10/31/2014 La Coope - Clermont-Ferrand, FR w/ Greys
11/01/2014 MCL - Gerardmer, FR
Claps For Caroline has released a tour vlog from The Six Seas Tour. The tour was in support of their Imminence Records debut EP, entitled "Forbidden". The EP was released on all digital providers worldwide last August before being included as bonus tracks on Go With Me Records’ Japanese physical re-release of the band’s 2012 full length "Stories" under the title "Stories (Forbidden Japan Edition)". The tour ran from June 20th all the way through July 26th and hit various parts of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, and Ukraine. Watch the tour vlog on YouTube
Claps for Caroline are a Hungarian post-hardcore / electronica band that was founded in 2010 when Zoltan, Kristof, and Viktor’s former band The Boys Come To Kill broke up. The three established their new band Claps for Caroline by adding Viktor's brother Csaba on Bass, Zsolt Gonda as singer, Zoltan Olah as screamer, and Patrik Roth on synth. The band played at a major Hungarian festival called Hegyalja Fesztivál before touring across Hungary and releasing their first album "This Is The Breakdowns Now!" by the end of the year.
In 2011, Patrik left the band with Kristof taking over for him with synths along with his duties as guitarist. On August 31st, the band released their first music video for the single “Party Nerve” on BlankTV. The song became the band’s most famous song and music video. 2011 was also the year Claps For Caroline had their first tour abroad in Ukraine that lasted for almost two weeks In 2012, the band saw their second music video, for the song “Cruel Memories,” released worldwide before signing to Hungarian record label Shortscore Media Hungary. The band released their first LP, entitled Stories, on September 15th.
At the beginning of 2013, the current lineup - Zsolt Gonda (vocals), Kristof Besenyei (lead guitar), Viktor Tar (rhythm guitar), David Nemes (bass guitar) and Zoltan R. Toth (drums) - moved to Hungary’s capital city Budapest. April 14th saw the band signing to American record label Imminence Records. They released the first single from the "Forbidden EP" entitled 'Vixen' shortly thereafter. This was the time when the band's third music video was released for the new single "Prince Without Crown." The band signed with Japanese record label Go With Me Records, who released a deluxe version of Stories.
2014 saw the band get sponsored by VGS Guitar Company and headline two tours. The first was a Hungarian tour called the "Club Tour 2014" before heading out on The Six Seas Tour that hit 36 stages across the countries of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and Latvia.
Starwave Records are pleased to announce that they will be releasing Calmando Qual's new DVD!
The DVD features a collection of videos from Calmando Qual's past, right up through to their latest music video, chronicling the very history and evolution of the band over the years!
The DVD will become available for pre-sale at live venues on July 31st 2014 and will go on general sale on August 27th 2014.
It is limited to 1000 copies so be sure to not miss out, and at 3,780 Yen (£21.88 / $37.27), it is not worth sniffing at especially due to it's limited run and play length of one hour.
02. born IQUAL pain
05. Deadman's party
06. Itsuwari to Nikushimi no Hazamade
10. Yami o Tsuranuku Gekijou no Kagayaki
11. Nuritsubusareta Elegy
13. DEATH SONG
14. Gareki no Yume
Live schedule: July 31(wed) Ikebukuro Chop (Release party)
Preview and watch a trailer for their second DVD [vision in the darkness] right here.
Hardcore punk / rap metal veterans Downset recently announced their highly-anticipated return with an upcoming performance at the revelled This Is Hardcore Festival in Philadelphia, PA on July 27th. Now, the band can announce their full plans for 2014, which include a brand new album, entitled One Blood, which will hit stores on July 21, 2014.
Produced by Downset guitarist Brian Ares Schwager and mixed by Wesley Seldman, One Blood was recorded in three locations – Venice and Overland rehearsal studio in Culver City, CA, The Basement in Baltimore, MD, and Creating Better Sounds studio in Palmdale, CA. “One Blood is Downset in its truest form, coming straight from our hearts to touch the hearts of others,” states guitarist and One Blood producer Brian Ares Schwager.
Downset will perform several east and west coast dates this summer. See below for a current listing of tour dates with ticket prices and door times. Vocalist Ray Oropeza adds, “The east coast is where Downset will launch our live tour for the One Blood album. To all of our fans that have supported us for the past 20+ years, “I Will Always Be There For You, I Will Always Be There, ALL I GOT!”
7/24 Albany, NY@ Bogies - Doors @ 7pm Tickets are $10 advanced $14 day of show
7/25 Worcester, MA @ Palladium - Doors @ 6pm Tickets are $14 advanced $16 day of show
7/26 New York, NY @ Blackthorne 51 - Doors @ 6pm Tickets are $17 advanced $20 day of show 7/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory @ TIHC Festival - Several different ticket prices and packages
8/15 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
8/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Whiskey A Go-Go - Doors @ 6pm Tickets are $20.
8/17 Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS - Doors @ 7pm Tickets are $10 advanced $15 day of show
Downset was formed in 1992 in Los Angeles, rising up from the hardcore, hip-hop, punk rock and graffiti movements. In 1994, Downset released their first album, a self-titled release, on Mercury Records and followed up two years later with a second album on Mercury Records, entitled Do We Speak A Dead Language? Fast forward to 2000, when Downset released the Check Your People album on Epitaph Records, and a few years later released the Universal album on Hawino Records.
Downset boasts an extensive touring resume, having performed with artists spanning several genres. Downset has performed with many bands throughout the years, such as Linkin Park, Korn, Snoop Dogg, Anthrax, Pantera, Slayer, Testament, Madball, Deftones, Earth Crisis, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Machine Head, Coal Chamber, System of a Down, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Slayer, Sepultura and Soulfly.
This year’s One Blood will continue the epic tradition that only Downset can truly express – hybridizing hip-hop and crushing riffs with lyrics that touch the world dramatically. The unique style of music on this release will remind listeners of Downset’s critical position in this contemporary era of art, expression and music.
Ray Oropeza – Messenger
Brian Ares Schwager – Guitar
James Morris – Bass
Chris Hamilton – Drums
The single "Pick Me Up" marks a new start for the esteemed Copenhagen-based rock band Stella Blackrose. It's still rock that is the lifeblood of the band, but the single portents a new, more poppy version of the band.
Danish band Stella Blackrose has been in the labour camp to reinvent themselves and develop the sound that has already been struck on the first two albums. Rock music is still the foundation of the new style, but inspiration from bands like Paramore and Biffy Clyro is not denied an entrance.
In the wake of the band's first two albums "Kiss the Dirt" (2010) and "Death & Forever" (2012) followed countless great reviews, lots of touring activity and a series of festival gigs - including Smukfest (second biggest festival in Denmark) where the national daily paper BT credited a 5-starred review under the heading "Stella Blackrose are the new stars" - as well as live performances on national Danish television.
For the last year the band has been writing songs for the yet unnamed third album. A couple of these has been presented on a spring tour in Denmark with a never before seen acoustic constellation, performing stripped down versions of their songs.
A rock band that stands out In front is still Rebecca Lou Armstrong, who with her devil-may-care vocals and poetic lyrics universe, invites the listener into a world of melancholy that also are recognizable from the first two albums.
The vulnerable and honest lyrics are well preserved in the band's DNA, but a renewed positivity has sneaked in and presents a rock band that are not afraid to stand out, but at the same time write about something as trivial as love.
"Pick Me Up” is homage to the person that bothers to stand by your side when you are feeling most imperfect. A reminder of that there’s beauty in our mistakes, and to find someone who can see through the insecurity and love it, is a gift.” Rebecca explains. See the video below.
Stella Blackrose - Pick Me Up (official music video)
Rebecca is backed up by established names on the Danish music scene: Steven Ardilsø on bass, Jakob Gundel on drums and Anders Bo Jespersen on guitar.
"Pick Me Up" is the front-runner for the third album that currently is in the process of recording.